Weekly e-communications from University Presbyterian Church  January 16, 2019
JANUARY 20, 2019

Pastor Matt Gaventa preaches on the wedding at Cana, "Life of the Party"


The Chancel Choir’s Anthem is a setting by Mozart for soprano solo and choir of Psalm 117: “Laudate Dominum”. Nicole Taylor is soloist.  

January 13, 2019, Pastor Krystal Leedy

January 6, 2019, Pastor Matt Gaventa

You can find other UPC sermons at
"The Wedding at Cana"
This Sunday, January 20, runners will be participating in the 3M Half Marathon - Downhill to Downtown. Regular routes to church from the south and west are unaffected. If you're coming from the east, please check the route map and plan accordingly.

The race begins at 7:30 a.m. in North Austin and concludes at 11:30 a.m. downtown.

Click the map image to view the course map full size.

See you Sunday!
The spring semester is upon us, and we invite you to come cook and share a meal with the campus ministry of UPC, UKirk. As UPC continues to understand what it means to be a hospitable and welcoming church, we hope that you will take this opportunity to make a meal that we can share together on Sunday evenings.

You may cook whatever you wish! Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m., and we invite you to sit with and converse with our lovely college students. We have enjoyed a wide variety of intergenerational conversations over the years, and we look forward to many more.

If you have questions, please contact Kay Bryant, a member of the UKirk committee, the coordinator of these meals. And thank you! 

Click the button below to sign up for a Sunday this spring.
SUSAN & ROB COTRELL , freedhearts.org
This Sunday, January 20, the Parenting & Faith class welcomes Susan and Robert Cottrell of FreedHearts for a five Sunday series entitled "From Argument to Affirmation: Loving Our LGBTQIA Neighbors Well."

January 20 - Discovering: Her story.
January 27 - Defining: What does real love look like? What does God call us to do?
February 3 - Deconstructing the arguments against full inclusion of LGBTQIA
February 10 - Dismantling the clobber passages that are used to condemn LGBTQIA
February 17 - Defending the cub: unleashing your inner mamabear

To watch Susan's TEDx talk, click the image below.
As of this writing, we anticipate installation of a construction crane across from the church to begin Thursday, January 17, and conclude by midnight Saturday, January 19. San Antonio Street will be closed during the installation from 22nd Street to just south of the UT Co-op Garage entrance.

The garage will remain open throughout the installation. The sidewalks adjacent to church property on 22nd Street and San Antonio Street will also be open.

Please watch for any updates to this schedule. If necessary, updates affecting Sunday will be communicated via

During the installation, traffic will be diverted to allow access to the University Co-Op Garage, which will remain open throughout. The church office will be open from 9:00 a.m. Friday until 1:00 p.m., and both the Friday Al-Anon and the Saturday Students in Recovery meetings will be held, as well as both the Thursday and Saturday Micah 6 food pantrys. We encourage all other groups to avoid scheduling meetings at the church during these days. Please check with the church office prior to organizing meetings.

San Antonio Street will be closed from 22nd Street to just south of the entrance to the University Co-Op Garage. From the garage entrance to 23rd Street, San Antonio will be two way to allow for entrance to and exit from the garage. 23rd Street will be one way east bound from Rio Grande to San Antonio Street.

Access to the garage from the south will be from Rio Grande to 23rd, then right on 23rd and right on San Antonio. Access to the garage from the north will be from 24th Street to Nueces Street, then left on 23rd Street and right on 24th Street. Cars exiting from the garage must turn left onto San Antonio Street, then proceed to 24th Street. A left turn on to 23rd Street will be prohibited. Cars exiting from the garage should turn into the right lane on San Antonio, and watch for cars entering from the left.

Staff is excited to have a front row seat to this event!
Please bring your donations to church for the shopping cart on Sunday. All UPC donations will go to UPLift and the Micah 6 food pantry. Remember, canned goods, and canned goods only, count toward the challenge. Winner will be announced the afternoon of February 3.
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To make the soup that is served each week, we use 

  • 8 (14-oz) cans or 4 (28-oz) cans of diced tomatoes   
  • 3 to 4 (10-oz) cans of Rotel tomatoes
  • Leftover ham bones (Leave in downstairs freezer)

For peanut butter sandwiches:
  • jars of preserves or jelly

Don't forget: the cans count in the Souper Bowl of Caring challenge. Thank you!!!!
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Room 201, Upper Level

For the Love of All Creatures:
The Story of Grace in Genesis  

January 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2019

Bill Greenway
Professor of Philosophical Theology,
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

In Bill's words: "...This is a fairly radical re-reading of the primeval history in Genesis (i.e., Genesis 1–11—Seven Days of Creation; Flood; Tower of Babel). I read as a philosopher (i.e., in the same way I would read Plato, Aristotle, or the Illiad), from a perspective that is affirming of the love for all creatures (i.e., not anthropocentric, which has been the norm); they may note too that the subtitle indicates a direct rebuttal of the common-place and, I think, harmful divide between an OT God of judgment and a NT God of grace (this is a point that, to my surprise and consternation, most every commentator missed—in my book proposal the subtitle and title were reversed). I will not presume anyone has read the book, but with this class there may be some who might want to get it and read it ahead (and the book has more detail and complexity than I will be able to approach in the class)...Thanks again for this invitation. I always love working and thinking together with your class."

Join us for coffee and conversation at 9:15 a.m., with presentation and discussion beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The Present Word
Room 3
Lower Level
Sundays 9:30 a.m .

The Present Word winter quarter topic is "Our Love for God." As we were taught as children, "We love because God first loved us." The lessons in this quarter challenge us to examine what this amazing grace means for each of us and what God's love may be calling us to do as individuals and as a church. We would love to have you come learn, share and pray with us.
Please pray for

David Phillips and his family as they deal with a return of David's cancer. To read the latest update on David and request for support, go to

Barbara Litchford continues to gain strength at home, recovering from multiple health challenges. To provide help for Barbara and her family at this time, go to
To request prayers for yourself or a loved one, email   upc@upcaustin.org .
If you'd like to be part of UPC's Prayer Chain, please  email the church office . You will receive emails asking that you pray specifically for people who have requested to be on the prayer list.
To have a deacon pray with you, look for the  Deacon of the Day  on the pulpit side front of the sanctuary any Sunday following the postlude.
To download the Celebrations and Concerns folder for Sunday, January 13, 2019, click here . You may also pick up a copy outside the church office or in the narthex.